Saturday, December 27, 2008


This year I made some "New Year Mandalas" for my family.  Copper, acrylic paint, heavy gel medium, fabric, thread and water color crayons.

My wish for them and all of you is conveyed through the symbolism that I drew in the copper. Some of the symbols can be trite, but the thought is anything but. Peace. Hearts for good health and much love. Dollar signs.......yes, a good economy for all of us.  A West African Adinkra symbol for wisdom and creativity. Texture and color in your life.

OH.......and I got a new puppy. Her name is Harley. A golden doodle rescue. We haven't had a dog in two years.  I forgot how much work it is, but she is a sweetheart.

May you all have as much love as I have had in the past few days......

.....and a very healthy....

......and happy New Year, full of texture, color......creativity and ......

......peace. I look forward to spending it with you.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I've been working on some holiday "stuff",  gifts, cards and ......just plain WORKING. Every year I tell myself I will make things for people and start early. Yeah, right.  I do work well under pressure, but really, you'd think one would learn a thing or two after a few years. 

I still very much enjoy the whole "handmade" gift experience, though. How about you? Are you a procrastinator?

In the meantime, the following quote made me laugh out loud.  I give the gift of laughter to you. Hope you find it funny, as well.

"In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank.  People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or ( to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!'' - from Dave Barry, "Christmas Shopping a Survivors Guide

Hope I didn't offend anyone.  Have fun creating.......or shopping.

Friday, December 5, 2008


I ran into Susan Tuttle's new book at Borders the other day. It is a "must see".  There is some amazing work in there and everything about it is top quality. 

You can purchase it here. You also have an incredible opportunity. Susan is giving away a copy, so go to her beautiful blog and check out her contest. Good Luck!!! I know ,I signed up to win one.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Once again LK Ludwig, from Gryphons Feather and The Poetic Eye has declared today a "sharing day".  Today is a day of music and song. What a task to try and come up with just one. I love so many different types of music.

A  few months ago my friend Maddie at Persisting Stars had a link to a You Tube video by Katie Melua, called Nine Million Bicycles. I fell in love with her music.

While checking out that song, I found the one below, that made me think of my husband, who loves to sail. I am dedicating it to him :-)......enjoy!


Sunday, November 30, 2008


"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain."- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I'm spending a nice quiet Sunday afternoon listening to the rain come down and playing with some photos I took in Rome of graffiti, by adding paint and various acrylic mediums.

The word graffiti comes from the word graffiare in Italian which means to scratch or scribble. Graffiti originated in ancient Italy as inscriptions and drawings on sculpture and walls. It was even found in Pompeii.

How are you spending your day?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." - Thornton Wilder

Every Thanksgiving we usually host the family at our house. I love having everyone together as we catch up and enjoy each others company, laughing and eating ourselves into oblivian.

This year however, will be a quiet one. My dear mother in law, Yolanda is trying to make her way back from a bad fall and some major surgery.  She will be sorely missed this year. She is our inspiration for gathering together. Her sweet disposition, incredible love for her family and , last but not least cooking expertise, is legendary. Each holiday, we not only have turkey, but we also have the privilage of having her amazing homemade ravioli.

My husband has been spending the last few years trying to learn as much as he can about her cooking techniques. Each holiday now, he spends hours making the homemade pasta that Yolanda is no longer able to make.....and he's good.....very good.

We traveled to her Italian home, Lumarzo, in the hills just north of Genoa, this year. It's a beautiful village, where almost everyone has the family name Schenone (Yolanda's maiden name). 

The ravioli we were lucky enough to have there was good and similar, but not as good as Yolandas.

Our fire burns brightly for you, Yolanda. We love you very much. You are truly a treasure in our lives for which we are thankful.

Please raise a glass to Yolanda and all of the treasures in your life, my blogging friends, I am treasuring all of you as well, for all of your visits and comments and creativity you have brought to my life. Thank you.

Sunday, November 16, 2008



Yesterday I sent away the last book in the collaborative altered book round robin that I have been a part of, the last two years. The last theme I had to interpret in my own way, was "Colors" by Ro Bruhn. Anyone that is familiar with her wonderful work, knows that she chose a perfect theme.

There were 15 of us. I will receive my own book soon and will be able to see everyones interpretation of my theme and will then share some of the work that went into it. My theme was "Face It". I  have very mixed feelings about the whole thing. Happy to get my own book back and see everyones creative work. I will really miss getting that package each month and joyfully opening up what seemed like a huge surprise gift. 

These photos are some peeks of my work in Ro's book.  

This quote by Darwin really got to the heart of how I feel , when I work with others on a project. It's a wonderful feeling.

Another perk of collaboration, is meeting others. Judy (also a part of the ABRR group) and I actually met before this ABRR  but I feel like our connection helped link me to the others. 

While she was here recently, we met in NYC and  we arranged a meeting with Seth from the "Altered Page" .  We had a great dinner together and Seth was kind enough to "gift' us not only with his presence but with presents!!!  When we walked out of the restaurant we saw this amazing New York wall art. There are so many of you out there that I would love to pose under this painting.........collaborators, bloggers....... Seth prefers to remain hidden at this point, in case you were wondering..


Monday, November 3, 2008


"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way- things that I had no words for." - Georgia O' Keeffe

I am back in Tuscany. Not literally, I simply have more to show and tell. 

When you are there, everything takes on a glow. You look at the landscape and realize why so many artists painted there, why so many writers wrote there, why you are there. Everything looks like a painting, the light, the colors, ochre, raw umber.......

This assemblage piece was meant to be a shrine to the brush that I scrounged for at a flea market. I have a weakness for old paint brushes. I had almost given up hope. As a last ditch effort, I got down on my hands and knees and ran my hands through the dirt and "junk" and viola!

I had spent so much time on the shoe piece a few posts back , I almost forgot about the brush. it turns out, the junk finds that I had left were each precious to me in their own way, so I decided to say "what the heck" and just attach everything together.

The colors, rust, white, a touch of blue, YELLOW, brown, all seemed to work together. I added a bit more, copper mesh and a bit of blue paint to the brush handle, a yellowish ribbon to highlight the yellow of the......... round, whatever-it-is, with the buttons, a piece of ochre mica. It all seemed to blend well with my surroundings.


" I think it pisses God off if you walk by  the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it". - Alice Walker

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Happy Dia de los Muertos everyone and thank you to Susanna and Stephanie for planning a " get together", DIA DE BLOGLANDIA.

I decided to use the design of an Arbol de la Vida (tree of life) and do some work in copper and paint to remember my father and his family.

Monday, October 20, 2008


"In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous." Elsa Schiaparelli

It's been such a long time since I last posted. I am back tracking substantially here. The primary reason for my recent trip to Italy was to attend a workshop with Michael Demeng. I based my project , a book, on Italian shoes. I am not really what you would call a "shoe freak", I was inspired by tapestries in the Vatican Museum where I took photos of the details of Roman sandals. I posted a photo awhile back, of a sandal I drew in copper. I took it with me and used it on the cover.

Inside, I used a shoe I purchased at the flea market we visited, along with other "found objects.

I found it to be a difficult task. Most of the week I was very focused on trying to make the shoe NOT look so much like a shoe...........don't ask!!!!

I shipped it home and it just arrived, so I'm playing "show and tell".

I had the opportunity in the last few weeks of spending time in Santa Barbara, California (a wedding) , New York City , where I picked up my friend Judy Wilkenfeld (Red Velvet Creations) and we met Seth from the Altered Page........yes, we did. Spent time in Philadelphia and then Washington D.C.

More info to come.

"I did not have 3000 pairs of shoes, I only had 1060." Imelda Marcos